I do not understand how we cannot consider the internet a public utility. Telephone is, and increasingly rides via internet. Will we just deregulate it at some point? I’m guessing not.
From a public policy perspective, the fear that an incumbent industry won’t make as much money is irrelevant; in fact, incumbent industries having to adapt to change is evidence of innovation. It’s evidence of the system working.
We should not be particularly surprised by their fear, as these actors do not like users to have any level of control over their own content. The content industry was vehemently against the first VCR when it appeared in the United States, allowing individuals to have any control of their own media. The content industry went to war to kill the idea of individuals recording live television, and argued that an individual recording live television for home consumption was copyright infringement - even though the broadcasters put their content on the airwaves for free. They argued that time-shifting over the airwaves content was copyright infringement, and that average citizens could be liable for $150,000 per recording.
Then-MPAA President Jack Valenti testified before Congress and argued, “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.”
Having a hard time feeling sorry for any industry whose sole argument is “the reality of technological progress is an impediment to our business model. Please change reality.”(via spytap)
Has anybody ever actually gotten salmonella from eating raw cookie dough or are people just trying to stop me from living my life
This is a really important question, people.
Eating cookie dough is fine. The odds of salmonella being present in or on a raw egg is about 1 in 35,000. Even lower if the eggshells are washed as is mandated to be in the US.
So you could eat raw eggs literally every day for the rest of your life and you might get sick once.